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A diatom from a paddy field

After being collected from a paddy field, the sample was put on 1% agar plate with a drop of distilled water and kept for a few days.

An oblong diatom is proceeding slowly and elegantly.

Commentary by Prof. Yuji Tsukii, Hosei University
Identification of this diatom is difficult because only the girdle face of the cell is shown in this video. Without examining the pattern of the valve face, we cannot determine its species.

There are diatoms with a similar-looking girdle face. For example, a lot of Pinuularia can be found in the field.

Sampling Date : 17 November 2006

Sampling Site : KASHIMADAI paddy field  Google Map

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